Jen is a mindfulness teacher, coach and counselor. She’s also a photographer and writer. Jen coaches people to design a mindful and intentional life that reflects their most heartfelt desire and soulful purpose. She offers mindfulness-based therapy. Jen’s areas of specialty include stress reduction, anxiety, women’s wellness and self-care, creativity, major life challenges, health challenges and chronic illness. She offers services by phone or videoconferencing and in her office in Wilmington, NC.
Jen has been teaching meditation since 1986, working as a counselor since 1991 and teaching yoga since 2010. My primary teachers and influences have been Stephen Levine, Marion Woodman, Sarah Powers, Rick Hanson, Tara Brach, Dori Langevin, Ronald Siegel, Jack Kornfield and Geshe Lobsang Tenzin.
Jen’s work blends mindfulness-based psychotherapy, neuroscience, the ancient wisdom teachings of meditation and yoga, positive psychology, Energy psychology, therapeutic writing and photography, EcoTherapy, and wellness theory. Much of her work is centered around modern neuroscience research regarding the neuroplasticity of the brain and how we can rewire the brain, which results in greater peace, happiness and ability to regulate our emotions. Jen has studied brain science since the early 1980s while working in a neurotoxicology lab at the EPA and also while working with clients with brain injury at Shepherd Center rehabilitation hospital.
Jen is also the Director of the Invisible Wounds of War project and offer writing and photography workshops for veterans. The project produced an exhibit at UNCW Randall Library during 2015. She has received grant funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council in 2015 and again for 2017 programming. Check out Invisible Wounds of War website.
When Jen is not teaching, coaching and counseling, she enjoys photography, writing, birding, walking on the beach, sea kayaking, exploring art museums and playing with her little dog Eos.
Only by listening inwardly in a fresh and open way will you discern at any given time what most serves your healing and freedom.—Tara Brach
Education and Training
B. A. Psychology, Meredith College 1986
M.S. Counseling, Georgia State University 1991
M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling (Illness & Injury), Georgia State University 1996
M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Arts (Creative Writing, Photography, Art and Healing) 2007
Licensed Professional Counselor in NC (LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor in GA (LPC)
Certified Wellness & Health Coach (CWHC)
Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-200)
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Life Coach Training at Institute for Life Coach Training
Writing Coaching Training
Creativity Coaching Training
Health & Wellness Coach Training and Certification with Michael Arloski, PhD
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Yoga Teacher Training at Asheville Yoga Center with Stephanie Keach
Reiki I, Reiki II and Reiki master training
Ecosattva training and online sangha leader with One Earth Sangha
Path of Freedom prison mindfulness program training with Fleet Maull
Advanced training in Mindfulness & Psychotherapy
Training in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University with Rita Charon, MD
Advanced training in Therapeutic Writing, Journal Therapy & Poetry Therapy
Advanced training in PhotoTherapy and therapeutic photography
Advanced study and training in Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers
Training in Yoga for Depression & Anxiety
Advanced study in Insight meditation
Buddhist study and practice program through Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Advanced study of Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy
The Inner Life of the Child in Nature program through The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakens. –Carl Jung
Previous Work Experience
Contract counselor/consultant for Veteran’s Administration in Georgia
Contract Vocational Evaluator Georgia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Acquired Brain Injury Vocational Rehabilitation Program Manager, Shepherd Center. Atlanta, GA.
Director of Helpline, Volunteer Services and Speaker’s Bureau, Georgia Council on Child Abuse. Atlanta, GA.
Intake Counselor, Brawner Psychiatric Institue. Atlanta, GA.
Therapeutic Recreation Program Manager, Raleigh Vocational Center, Raleigh, NC.
Research Assistant, Neurotoxicology Lab, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC.
Mars Hill College: Expository Essay; Documented Essay
A-B Technical Community College: Expository Writing
Antioch University McGregor: Journaling for Transformation
UNC-Asheville College for Seniors: Writing From Life; Witness Narratives: Stories of Survival
UNC-Wilmington Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Meditation for Stress Reduction
Private Classes & Workshops: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction; Mindfulness & Writing for Healing; Narrative Witnessing: Stories of Survival; The Heart of Self-Compassion; Awakening the Heart to Joy; Creating Clear Intentions for Your Life.
The North Carolina Humanities Council Standing Together Grant recipient 2015.
The North Carolina Humanities Council Standing Together Grant recipient 2016-2017.
The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County Regional Artist Project Grant 2016-2017.
Georgia State University
Shepherd Pain Clinic
Atlanta Medical Clinic
2015 Invisible Wounds of War. UNCW Randall Library
2008 Asheville Then & Now. YMI Cultural Center, Asheville, NC
2007 Crossing Over: Looking from There to Here, Looking from Here to There. The Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2006 Whimsical Dreams of August. Avenue Art Gallery, Endicott, NY
2006 A Sister’s Call. Writing published with photography exhibit by Rebecca Shaper. Emory University Law Library. Atlanta, GA
2005 ten. The Seen Gallery. Atlanta, GA
2003 Photographer’s Choice. Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, GA